Counties with the most super commuters in Oregon

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August 19, 2022
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Counties with the most super commuters in Oregon

There are more than 283 million vehicles on the road in the United States, and many of those cars, trucks, vans, and motorcycles are used to ferry people to and from their homes and jobs during their daily commutes. A small but growing number of people are walking and biking to work, particularly in compact college towns. Many more take public transportation, especially in major cities like New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Boston, and Seattle—but nationwide, public transit accounts for only about 5% of daily commutes.

The overwhelming majority of people still drive to and from work every day, and the vast majority of those car commuters drive alone—fewer than 10% of Americans carpool. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average one-way commute in the United States has grown to a record 26.9 minutes. That's just shy of an hour a day that average Americans squander behind the wheel, not at home with their families, and instead, burning gas and putting miles on their cars.

For some Americans, however, the commute to work is far from average. A phenomenon known as super commuting has emerged and grown in recent years. Super commuters spend 90 minutes or more—each way—chasing their paychecks every day. The biggest percentage of super commuters work in the extraction industry, with workers pursuing lucrative jobs in remote mines, oil fields, and other energy operations. Many more, however, have been priced out of expensive housing in urban metro areas where high-paying jobs are located, far away from their less-expensive county of residence.

Stacker compiled a list of counties with the most super commuters in Oregon using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Counties are ranked by the highest percent of workers with a commute over 90 minutes, based on 2020 5-year estimates. Keep reading to see where in your state people are spending the most time going to and from work every day.

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#36. Morrow County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 0.9%
--- 60+ minute commute: 4.2%
- Average commute time: 20 minutes
--- 3.9 minutes shorter than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 31.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 23.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (80.6%), carpooled (13.4%), walked to work (2.6%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (2.7%)
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#35. Klamath County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 0.9%
--- 60+ minute commute: 2.4%
- Average commute time: 16.2 minutes
--- 7.7 minutes shorter than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 17.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 2.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82.5%), carpooled (8.5%), walked to work (1.8%), public transportation (0.5%), worked from home (5.7%)
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#34. Jackson County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.1%
--- 60+ minute commute: 2.9%
- Average commute time: 19 minutes
--- 4.9 minutes shorter than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 12.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 4.0%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (76.8%), carpooled (8.8%), walked to work (2.5%), public transportation (0.7%), worked from home (8.8%)
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#33. Josephine County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.1%
--- 60+ minute commute: 3.4%
- Average commute time: 19.2 minutes
--- 4.7 minutes shorter than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 15.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 11.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (75.5%), carpooled (10.6%), walked to work (3.1%), public transportation (0.4%), worked from home (8.1%)
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#32. Gilliam County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.3%
--- 60+ minute commute: 3.0%
- Average commute time: 14.7 minutes
--- 9.2 minutes shorter than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 18.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 13.6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (74.2%), carpooled (6.5%), walked to work (9.0%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (9.3%)

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#31. Wasco County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.4%
--- 60+ minute commute: 3.5%
- Average commute time: 17.9 minutes
--- 6.0 minutes shorter than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 17.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 19.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (77.5%), carpooled (8.6%), walked to work (4.5%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (7.7%)
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#30. Umatilla County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.5%
--- 60+ minute commute: 3.3%
- Average commute time: 18.8 minutes
--- 5.1 minutes shorter than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 22.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 8.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82.3%), carpooled (10.5%), walked to work (2.0%), public transportation (0.5%), worked from home (3.5%)
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#29. Washington County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.5%
--- 60+ minute commute: 6.2%
- Average commute time: 25.3 minutes
--- 1.4 minutes longer than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 12.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 25.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (71.3%), carpooled (9.2%), walked to work (2.5%), public transportation (5.4%), worked from home (10.0%)
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#28. Deschutes County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.6%
--- 60+ minute commute: 2.9%
- Average commute time: 19.6 minutes
--- 4.3 minutes shorter than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 9.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 4.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (72.3%), carpooled (9.2%), walked to work (2.0%), public transportation (0.5%), worked from home (12.9%)
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#27. Benton County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.8%
--- 60+ minute commute: 5.0%
- Average commute time: 19.8 minutes
--- 4.1 minutes shorter than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 8.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 21.6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (64.5%), carpooled (7.4%), walked to work (7.9%), public transportation (2.1%), worked from home (9.4%)

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#26. Lincoln County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.8%
--- 60+ minute commute: 4.4%
- Average commute time: 19.4 minutes
--- 4.5 minutes shorter than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 9.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 5.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (73.0%), carpooled (11.7%), walked to work (4.4%), public transportation (0.6%), worked from home (8.8%)
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#25. Marion County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.9%
--- 60+ minute commute: 7.8%
- Average commute time: 24.4 minutes
--- 0.5 minutes longer than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 16.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 21.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (75.9%), carpooled (11.1%), walked to work (2.7%), public transportation (1.6%), worked from home (6.6%)
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#24. Multnomah County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.9%
--- 60+ minute commute: 6.9%
- Average commute time: 26.7 minutes
--- 2.8 minutes longer than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 12.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 16.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (58.5%), carpooled (8.5%), walked to work (5.0%), public transportation (10.3%), worked from home (11.7%)
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#23. Douglas County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.9%
--- 60+ minute commute: 4.5%
- Average commute time: 19.9 minutes
--- 4.0 minutes shorter than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 18.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 6.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (78.4%), carpooled (11.6%), walked to work (2.3%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (6.5%)
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#22. Wallowa County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.9%
--- 60+ minute commute: 3.8%
- Average commute time: 16.9 minutes
--- 7.0 minutes shorter than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 10.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 2.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (66.9%), carpooled (8.1%), walked to work (9.1%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (12.3%)

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#21. Lane County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.0%
--- 60+ minute commute: 4.7%
- Average commute time: 20.3 minutes
--- 3.6 minutes shorter than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 12.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 3.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (69.8%), carpooled (10.1%), walked to work (4.4%), public transportation (2.9%), worked from home (8.5%)
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#20. Baker County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.1%
--- 60+ minute commute: 4.2%
- Average commute time: 14.9 minutes
--- 9.0 minutes shorter than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 20.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 5.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (73.5%), carpooled (10.9%), walked to work (5.3%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (8.7%)
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#19. Tillamook County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.1%
--- 60+ minute commute: 6.8%
- Average commute time: 19.2 minutes
--- 4.7 minutes shorter than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 18.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 8.0%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (76.0%), carpooled (9.3%), walked to work (5.0%), public transportation (0.7%), worked from home (6.6%)
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#18. Clackamas County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.2%
--- 60+ minute commute: 8.5%
- Average commute time: 28.8 minutes
--- 4.9 minutes longer than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 15.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 46.0%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (74.3%), carpooled (8.5%), walked to work (2.2%), public transportation (2.8%), worked from home (10.4%)
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#17. Union County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.2%
--- 60+ minute commute: 4.4%
- Average commute time: 16.5 minutes
--- 7.4 minutes shorter than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 19.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 4.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (76.9%), carpooled (9.3%), walked to work (6.6%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (5.6%)

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#16. Yamhill County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.2%
--- 60+ minute commute: 9.9%
- Average commute time: 26.2 minutes
--- 2.3 minutes longer than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 20.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 35.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (74.8%), carpooled (9.6%), walked to work (5.5%), public transportation (0.5%), worked from home (7.1%)
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#15. Harney County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.3%
--- 60+ minute commute: 3.8%
- Average commute time: 15.7 minutes
--- 8.2 minutes shorter than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 13.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 4.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (68.3%), carpooled (10.0%), walked to work (8.4%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (9.3%)
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#14. Hood River County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.4%
--- 60+ minute commute: 8.8%
- Average commute time: 19.3 minutes
--- 4.6 minutes shorter than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 17.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 9.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (65.2%), carpooled (11.0%), walked to work (7.3%), public transportation (0.6%), worked from home (14.0%)
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#13. Sherman County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.5%
--- 60+ minute commute: 6.5%
- Average commute time: 23.8 minutes
--- 0.1 minutes shorter than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 19.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 23.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (71.1%), carpooled (7.1%), walked to work (7.2%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (11.4%)
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#12. Coos County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.6%
--- 60+ minute commute: 5.0%
- Average commute time: 19.4 minutes
--- 4.5 minutes shorter than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 14.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 4.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (78.0%), carpooled (10.5%), walked to work (2.9%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (5.8%)

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#11. Malheur County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.7%
--- 60+ minute commute: 6.0%
- Average commute time: 18.5 minutes
--- 5.4 minutes shorter than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 12.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 0.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (76.1%), carpooled (9.1%), walked to work (6.7%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (6.1%)
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#10. Clatsop County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.8%
--- 60+ minute commute: 5.7%
- Average commute time: 20.2 minutes
--- 3.7 minutes shorter than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 14.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 4.6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (72.7%), carpooled (9.2%), walked to work (8.4%), public transportation (1.0%), worked from home (6.4%)
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#9. Linn County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.0%
--- 60+ minute commute: 6.4%
- Average commute time: 23.9 minutes
--- 0.0 minutes shorter than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 20.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 33.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79.7%), carpooled (10.2%), walked to work (1.9%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (6.2%)
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#8. Curry County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.0%
--- 60+ minute commute: 5.4%
- Average commute time: 18.9 minutes
--- 5.0 minutes shorter than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 16.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 2.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (73.6%), carpooled (8.4%), walked to work (2.1%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (14.5%)
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#7. Columbia County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.1%
--- 60+ minute commute: 16.6%
- Average commute time: 34.7 minutes
--- 10.8 minutes longer than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 26.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 47.0%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (77.9%), carpooled (11.8%), walked to work (2.0%), public transportation (0.5%), worked from home (6.6%)

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#6. Polk County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.4%
--- 60+ minute commute: 9.3%
- Average commute time: 27 minutes
--- 3.1 minutes longer than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 14.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 54.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (75.8%), carpooled (9.9%), walked to work (2.7%), public transportation (0.7%), worked from home (10.0%)
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#5. Grant County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.7%
--- 60+ minute commute: 5.1%
- Average commute time: 18.6 minutes
--- 5.3 minutes shorter than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 22.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 5.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (73.9%), carpooled (8.4%), walked to work (8.1%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (7.5%)
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#4. Jefferson County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.8%
--- 60+ minute commute: 12.1%
- Average commute time: 27.1 minutes
--- 3.2 minutes longer than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 23.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 32.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (75.5%), carpooled (14.9%), walked to work (2.7%), public transportation (0.9%), worked from home (5.2%)
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#3. Lake County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.5%
--- 60+ minute commute: 5.7%
- Average commute time: 13.1 minutes
--- 10.8 minutes shorter than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 18.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 2.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (68.7%), carpooled (5.7%), walked to work (6.7%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (16.6%)
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#2. Crook County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.8%
--- 60+ minute commute: 7.6%
- Average commute time: 26.8 minutes
--- 2.9 minutes longer than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 19.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 37.0%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (83.5%), carpooled (9.8%), walked to work (1.3%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (5.0%)

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#1. Wheeler County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 6.4%
--- 60+ minute commute: 8.8%
- Average commute time: 24.3 minutes
--- 0.4 minutes longer than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 19.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 20.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (58.0%), carpooled (17.4%), walked to work (8.0%), public transportation (2.9%), worked from home (13.5%)

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